From Aberystwyth with Love (Aberystwyth Noir, #5) by Malcolm Pryce

From Aberystwyth with Love (Aberystwyth Noir, #5)

It was a sweltering August in Aberystwyth: the bandstand melts, the Pier droops, and Sospan the ice-cream seller experiments with some dangerously avant-garde new flavours. A man wearing a Soviet museum curator's uniform walks into Louie Knight's office and spins a wild and impossible tale of love, death, madness and betrayal.Sure, Louie Knight had heard about Hughesovska, the legendary replica of Aberystwyth built in the Ukraine by some crazy ni...

Details From Aberystwyth with Love (Aberystwyth Noir, #5)

TitleFrom Aberystwyth with Love (Aberystwyth Noir, #5)
Release DateDec 13th, 2018
GenreFiction, Humor, Mystery, Crime, Fantasy

Reviews From Aberystwyth with Love (Aberystwyth Noir, #5)

  • Alun Williams
    The latest and best "Aberystwyth" book yet shows Malcolm Pryce's imagination is growing wilder and his writing ever more confident: this is the first episode in which Louie and Calamity's case takes them out of Wales - with a trip on the Orient Express to the closed Soviet city of Hughesovka - the only Welsh speaking city in the Eastern hemisphere.The book begins with a visit from a mysterious Russian, "Uncle Vanya", who asks Louie to investigate...
  • Malcolm
    Pryce has gives us his fifth vision of Aberystwyth as a slightly out of kilter town existing somewhere between the 1950s and 1980s, with Louie Knight a detective from a slightly mis-shapen Sam Spade school of hard-boiled loner. In this, his fifth outing, Louie and detective-buddy the teenage Calamity Jane, are hired, for the payment of one of Yuri Gaugarin's socks, to solve a case of 1950s spirit possession in Hughesovka, a 19th century replica o...
  • Robert
    I'm an Aberystwyth alumnus, so it should come as no surprise that I hold Malcolm Pryce's Louie Knight series in affection. This fifth entry in the sequence is as good as any except, perhaps, the second one. The trademark Pryce style of absurdities and maudlin philosophising is present, this time with the balance tipped somewhat in favour of the philosphising.For those not familiar with the series, Pryce has written about Louie Knight, Aberystwyth...
  • John Carter McKnight
    Pryce's fifth Aberystwyth novel feels like the work of an author in the prime of handling his material: it strikes an excellent balance between silliness, noir conventions, and the deep melancholia that was a growing tone in his work. It's not nearly as soul-crushingly depressing as _Don't Cry For Me_, nor as manic as _Unbearable Lightness_. We see Louie maturing, beginning to let go of the memory of his true love Myfanwy, realizing the depth and...
  • Neil
    This was the 5th book in the Aberystwyth Noir series following the exploits of Louie Knight, the town's only Private Detective. This book has a more melancholic and philosophical feel to it than the previous books. It has wit rather than humour, and seems a lot more complex than the others. In this tale we see Louie, and his sidekick Calamity Jane, actually venturing outside of Wales. There are links to a Welsh village buried beneath a reservoir,...
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  • Andrea
    I needed half stars, this was 3 and a half I think -- I enjoyed it greatly as a light read for the train, I love Aberystwyth, I may well read the others. I like my noir a little darker though, and it talks about the 'great' Pinkertons in the beginning and they were evil incarnate, so that crushing blow stayed with me a bit and I kept waiting for the other reactionary shoe to drop. Which it didn't really so I maybe forgave it as maybe that's no lo...
  • Anastassia Dyubkova
    В пятой части своего цикла про Аберистуит Малколм Прайс продолжает разбирать различные характерные для шпионских и детективных романов клише, и на сей раз под его прицел попадает одна из особенно любимых западными авторами тем - наша большая Со...
  • Laura
    This is a quirky, quaint mystery novel that is a spoof off the Film Noir style.In this book, private investigator Louie Knight is given a strange case to delve into. He receives a visitor from Russia who tells him that his daughter is having visions of a girl who disappeared from Wales many years ago! What happened to this Welsh girl and why does someone in Russia know all about her?To figure out the case, Louie must travel to Russia and meet all...
  • M.G. Mason
    This was one of the first books I got on Kindle in early 2012, which gives you some idea of the timescale I am working to with my acquisition of books. It seemed light-hearted fun at the time and as it was on a winter sale, I thought why the hell not? I’d heard of the work and the writer before but at the time of purchase did not realise that it was the fifth book in the series. Luckily, prior knowledge of the series appears irrelevant as the w...
  • F.R.
    Despite Wales being the land of my birth, I’ve never actually been to Aberystwyth. But then after reading these novels, I can’t help thinking the reality would be something of a disappointment. Malcolm Pryce’s town is a place of dark alleyways, druid gangsters, cruel Witchfinder Generals and mysterious strangers with deadly problems. I imagine the real genteel seaside town on the West Wales coast will have some difficulty matching up.This s...
  • Isabel (kittiwake)
    'The sock is from the Hughesovka Museum Of Our Forefathers' Suffering. I used to be the principal curator. As you know, this museum charts the centuries of tyranny and oppression that caused that great Welsh Moses, John Hughes, to throw off the imperialist yoke and lead his people out of servitude to the promised land.''Is there really such a place as Hughesovka?''You ask such a thing of me?''We learned about it in school; they told us it was the...
  • Carlton
    This is a strange combination of styles (crime, pastiche, humour, occasional philosophical musings) that is readable (as I finished it), but for me ultimately unsatisfying. It felt contrived as if someone had decided to write offbeat crime novels, rather than developing the characters and finding where that took them. It also reminded me of Jasper Fforde, in that the humour and the similar, but surreal, alternative world came to feel laboured.The...
  • Bron
    I didn't laugh out aloud whilst reading this novel half as much as I did with the earlier ones. It felt a whole quantum shift darker and sadder, although still pretty witty. The main theme is a little girl who disappeared from a village near Aberystwyth and the effect that had on the lives of a number of people in Wales and behind the iron curtain - no I won't put a spoiler in here to explain how!I did enjoy the picture of Louie Knight sitting on...
  • Rob Kitchin
    From Aberystwyth With Love is a fine addition to Malcolm Pryce’s slightly surreal detective series. Pryce takes the hardboiled private investigator genre and gives it a Monty Python spin, taking elements of Welsh culture and the local geography of Aberystwyth, and foregrounding and twisting them, and blending the whole lot with a noir sensibility and myth and fable. The result is a set of highly enjoyable yarns. Given this is book five, the cha...
  • Jennifer
    I'd read the first two or three in the Aberystwyth series years ago and enjoyed them but they were perhaps the same joke over and over. I am glad I ventured back as Pryce seems to have been able to steer the series adeptly so that you want the journey to continue. That's impressive when he was ill enough during the writing that he feels it needs mentioning in the acknowledgements.It's crazy stuff. I have a difficult relationship with Aberystwyth,...
  • Paul Goodfield
    Absolutely superb book, very funny and really enjoyable. Written in a crime noir (Raymond Chandler pastiche) style and set not surprisingly in Aberystwyth. This is 5th book in series and still full of surprises. Some great characters including Sospan the philosophical ice cream seller and Mooncalf who deals in dodgy good. Uncle Vanmya appears and he is a great character too. Recommend all of these in this series
  • Em
    The fifth in Malcolm Pryce's series about Louie Knight, a hard-boiled detective noir transfered to the seaside resort of Aberystwyth. It is my first, I'll be keeping an eye out for the rest.I liked this strange and yet familiar alternative Aberystwyth and the zany humour that permeates the novel. The weird and wonderful characters are amusing and often totally bonkers but it's the philosphical thoughtfulness and the genuine affection and warmth o...
  • Amanda Milburn
    A film noir version of Aberystwyth, a private detective and his journey to discover the truth behind the disappearance of a young girl, and an ice cream man who creates inexplicable flavours. This book is perfect for anyone who loves alternative histories, the surreal, and Wales. It feels like it was written just for me!
  • Adam
    I'm struggling with this one, though there are several aspects that are charming, the general plot and pace are hard to enjoy or get involved with. The characters are highly extravagant, but there is not enough real meat to make the story flow. I pick it up for a few pages at a time, then get indigestion from another story swirl that adds nine more loose threads. Hmmm, I won't be rushing back
  • Karen Lowe
    A terrific read - beautiful use of language and warm engaging characters. Decidedly quirky and funny, think Douglas Adams/Terry Pratchett with a dash of Blackadder. The disparate strands of story are expertly spun together. All this and the age-old enigma of how to get the lettering right through the stick of rock. Wonderful stuff.
  • Stephen
    really enjoyed the further adventures of louie knight and calamity jane and the first time the couple venture to the ukraine by romania in search of a missing child, very gothic and noir and funny in parts
  • Lara Garbero Tais
    Le dí una menos que a los otros porque me perdió un toque con lo de Transilvania, me gustaba más cuando pasaba todo el Aberystwyth. El resto genial, ya estoy entrando en pánico porque me queda uno solo.
  • Jack
    How does Louie Knight in Aberystwyth get involved in investigating the apparent possession of a Russian girl by a child from a submerged village ? This tale is told using a very Welsh fluency with language. Louie encounters many puzzles along the way, including hairy babies.
  • Virginprune
    more welsh noire. eastern European flavour this time, featuring a cameo from god. at times a little scrappy, but run with it and it's huge fun.
  • Kathy Dolan
    Dark, funny, weird and totally original
  • Gareth Evans
    Perhaps even odder than the others in series. Still a satisfying read, but whilst the plot is tied together well, it takes sometime to really get going.
  • Richard Staines
    Elements of From Russia With Love and Dracula thrown in...wonderful. Best in the series so far. Only topped by the last one.
  • Malcolm Cameron
    Weird and very entertaining!